Sunday, May 3, 2015

OT DAY 191 - In God There Is Life And Healing (Please click here for English podcast)

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1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

      For God alone my soul waits in silence;
                        from him comes my salvation.
      He alone is my rock and my salvation,
                         my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
                             Psalm 62:1-2

Confession and Repentance

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (Leviticus 13:1-14:57)

English(ESV): 14&version=ESV

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “This shall be the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest, and the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall look. Then, if the case of leprous disease is healed in the leprous person, the priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two live[a] clean birds and cedarwood and scarlet yarn and hyssop. And the priest shall command them to kill one of the birds in an earthenware vessel over fresh[b] water. He shall take the live bird with the cedarwood and the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, and dip them and the live bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water. And he shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed of the leprous disease. Then he shall pronounce him clean and shall let the living bird go into the open field.
                              Leviticus 14: 1-7

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

My Listening
     Chapter 13-14 deals with physical affliction especially in the form of leprosy or skin decease. Those affliction can be very scary that link with death. God wants to tell His people that He is in control of life and death. In him there is complete healing and hope.  

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
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     A useful starting point for understanding Leviticus 13-14 is a story about Moses and Aaron's sister Miriam, in Numbers 12.  Miriam gets afflicted by scaliness like the one these chapters are concerned with, and Aaron appeals to Moses…Moses cries out to God accordingly, and in due course she is restored
     Leviticus envisages an affliction that would come on a person only temporarily, and thus adds provision for restoring the person to the community when the affliction goes away.  The ceremony deals with the affliction in two ways, offering a double reassurance to the person, the person's family, and the community.  A bird is slaughtered as in a purification offering, to purify the person and give assurance that he or she is okay.  Another bird is sent off as a way of expelling the affliction from the community and assuring everyone that it is gone.

John Goldingay. Exodus and Leviticus for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.151, 152.

      As we talk about God controls life and death and He brings healing in today's Leviticus 13-14, I witness a similar situation today. Michelle and I went to Florida two days ago to participate in the consecration of the Very Rev. Carl Buffington and the Very Rev. Gerald Schnackenberg as two new AMiA bishops. It was a glorious celebration yesterday. Today we went to Bishop Carl's church to participate in an ordination for two deacons as priests. 

      When the service came to the time of ordination and Bishop Edmund D Ahmoah from the Anglican Church of Ghana was reading the first line of the ordination part, a parishioner had an heart attack with his heart beat stopped. It was a holy moment when everyone was praying, including four bishops, many priests and deacons and the whole church of the New Covenant Church, Winter Springs, Florida. There were three nurses there using CPR and a defibrillator(AED). We heard the loud sound of a voice from the defibrillator to guide people to use that and we were singing, praying in an atmosphere full of peace. The new consecrated Bishop Carl stood next to me and he was praying and singing in a very peaceful mode. Ten minutes later two paramedic came in and in five minutes time the parishioner got his heart beat again and was sent to the hospital for observation. The whole church clapped hands when they saw what happened of how God gave peace to all of us in a crisis during an ordination.

     After Bishop Carl and I received communion, I said, "Bishop Carl, I got a prophetic word for you, one word "resurrect". I feel that God is going to pour down His fresh anointing on you that you are going to raise up more priests for the Mission to resurrect "dead people". There are so many dead people walking around us." He said, "Wow! That is quite a prophetic word because the past 30 years since this church was found we have 23 people being ordained as priests." I asked, "How many years for you as the Rector of this church?" He said, "Twenty-two years."

      May be you are boring and do not want to read todays two chapters. But, I think today God wants to tell you through what happened today at the New Covenant Church that He is in control of life and death, in Him there is healing and freedom. Let me share with some precious photos these two days.   

Dear Lord Jesus,
      Help us to know that you have the total control of life and death and in you there is healing and freedom. Pour down your fresh anointing on us that we can be used by you to resurrect more people spiritually and physically. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. Do you really believe that God is in total control of life and death and He is the One who can bring healing?

2. How can you be used by God to resurrect more people spiritually and physically?

Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons

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